Flights & getting there
Kavala International Airport
The closest airport to Xanthi is Kavala International Airport, 44km southwest, near Hrysoupoli.
Only taxis serve the airport (approximately €50) from Xanthi. Alternatively, take a Kavala-bound bus to Hrysoupoli (€3.20, ½ hour, 13 Monday to Saturday, nine on Sunday), and from there take a taxi 12km to the airport.
The bus station is 700m south of Kentriki Plateia. Arriving, follow Dimokritou (later Mihail Karaoli) to the centre.
Buses travel to Komotini (€5.20, one hour, eight Monday to Saturday, five on Sunday), Thessaloniki (€20, 2½ hours, seven daily), Athens (€65, nine hours, one daily at 8.30pm) and Alexandroupoli (€8.60, one hour, five daily). Buses also serve Thermes (€4.60, 1½ hours, two daily weekdays) and other Pomak villages to the north, Toxotes (€1.80, 45 minutes, five daily weekdays, two Saturday) to the southwest and Stavroupoli (€2.90, 45 minutes, four daily weekdays, two Saturday) to the west.
Buses (€90) leave daily at 9.30am and 5.30pm for Bulgarian destinations Svilengrad, Harmanli, Haskovo and Plovdiv (Philippopouli in Greek).
Xanthi’s train station connects Alexandroupoli and Komotini with Thessaloniki twice daily. Although the bus is more frequent, it's worth taking the train from points west, just to pass through the beautiful Nestos gorge between Stavropouli and Toxotes (where the train also stops).